I was reminded today of the importance of being open handed with our stuff... our things are simply filler in our life. The substance is our relationships, particularly with God and then flowing to others. The way things have a habit of nestling their way into our influence and heart... when they really don't belong there. This reminds me of course of buy nothing day coming up quickly (check out the website)... it's worth keeping a close eye on your heart during this season - guard it from the assault of things - a culture obsessed with ownership and consumption - the insatiable appetite of greed. May God help us to be completely free from stuff and totally His.